What do Penguins Tom Kuhnhackl, Chad Ruhwedel and Scott Wilson have in common?
If you answered each has been a victim of an on-ice assault during the postseason, you’d be correct.
In Kuhnhackl’s case, Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert cross-checked the Pens’ winger with enough force to snap the shaft of his stick in half. Unsated by his initi [...]
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
The thought no doubt flashed through the mind of Penguins coach Mike Sullivan as he scanned the visitors’ locker room at Canadian Tire Centre following Wednesday’s dismal Game Three loss to Ottawa.
He’d just witnessed the Pens’ worst effort since assuming the coaching job 17 months earlier—certainl [...]
We’re No. 2 and We Try Harder.
The popular catchphrase, once the hub of a clever ad campaign run by Avis Rent-A-Car in its war with giant rival Hertz, seemed an altogether appropriate theme for the Penguins’ disappointing 2-1 overtime loss to Ottawa last night.
Assuming the role of Avis, the Senators outskated, outworked…heck…pretty much out [...]
Has it really been ten years since Ottawa schooled an up-and-coming Penguins team in the opening round of the 2007 playoffs?
I guess so. Heck, Colby Armstrong, Ryan Malone, Max Talbot and Ryan Whitney—young guns back then—have all retired from the NHL. That doesn’t seem possible, does it?
Suffice it to say, there’s a wee bit of [...]
It didn’t show up on the score sheet. And it definitely won’t make a short list of Sidney Crosby’s career highlights. Unlike his fabulous one-handed goal against Buffalo on Tuesday night.
But Crosby’s pushback during a first-period scrum against Ottawa last night spoke volumes of his character and leadership. Not to mention his banged-up team [...]
It wasn’t supposed to work out this way. Thanks to a pair of bold trades by Penguins GM Ray Shero at the Entry Draft that freed up millions in salary-cap space, the black and gold were supposed to be major players in the Zach Parise–Ryan Suter free-agent sweepstakes.
One could almost picture Parise working the give-and-go to perfection [...]